Thursday, March 5, 2015

Bicycling in Traffic & Safety

Plan ahead
• If you are familiar with the traffic patterns, be sure to get in the correct position early.
• Keep in mind the relative speed between you and other traffic; plan accordingly.
• Be aware of road conditions that could block your progress across lanes.
• Look for traffic, pedestrians, and hazards in front of and behind you.
• Identify lane markings and traffic control devices affecting the next intersection.
• Note bus stops, driveways, crosswalks, and other special traffic zones.
• Signal your intention to turn or change lanes if you and other traffic are moving at a uniform speed.
• Signal when oncoming traffic can react safely.
• If you get caught between lanes while crossing traffic, ride the white line until clear.

If traffic is too heavy while changing lanes, use crosswalks. Ride to red light then move to left turn lane if volume and speed do not allow crossing. The more comfortable you are riding a bicycle in traffic, the more routes you will have available to you. Practice your safety skills and riding habits so you will be ready to use them.
Be safe.

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